Bullying and harassment:
Navigating troubled waters

Whatís the connection between bullying and harassment under federal anti-discrimination laws? A letter issued by the U.S. Department of Education offers guidance for schools.

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Upcoming Events




Celebrate American Education Week

American Education Week is Nov. 14-20. The event is designed to spotlight the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education, from kindergarten through postsecondary.

The event was started in 1921 with the National Education Association and American Legion as co-sponsors. Today, sponsors include the U.S. Department of Education, the National PTA, the American Association of School Administrators, the National School Boards Association, and others.

Schools and communities are invited to take this opportunity to celebrate the public education system and honor individuals who are making a difference in studentsí lives.

For information and ideas on how to celebrate, visit www.nea.org.



Watch for IEP Workshops

The departmentís Special Education Programs is conducting several IEP Workshops this fall. Workshops will cover information regarding: child find and pre-referral strategies; determining suspected areas of disabilities; prior notice/consent and procedural safeguards; evaluation procedures and reporting; developing and implementing an IEP.

Upcoming dates:

Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Western Dakota Technical Institute (main entrance), Rapid City
Session ID: 46441

Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Governors Inn, Pierre
Session ID: 46443

To register for an event, go to http://www.escweb.net/sd_esa/ and enter the appropriate Session ID.



South Dakota Board of Education to meet

The South Dakota Board of Education will meet Nov. 29, 10 a.m., at Mitchell Technical Instituteís Technology Center at 1800 Spruce St. in Mitchell. The agenda includes public hearings regarding the Common Core State Standards and changes to the minimum standards for program approval at the four Technical Institutes.

The full board agenda should be available soon. Go to www.doe.sd.gov and click on the Board of Education link.